One of the sad facts of human psychology is that knowledge can be used for evil just as easily as it can be used for good. If the human race had never figured out how to use fire, for example, we wouldn’t have to worry about those pesky arsonists.[...]
Back in 1983, the BBC aired Fun to Imagine, a television series hosted by Richard Feynman that used physics to explain how the everyday world works.[...]
There’s nothing funny about the ravages of highly addictive narcotics or gangland turf wars. Nevertheless, Vince Gilligan’s riveting hit Breaking Bad managed to start on a (yes, darkly) comic note that still sounds occasionally as the show hurtles toward its fateful conclusion this Sunday.[...]
This past spring, Timothy Blais wrote his masters thesis at McGill University in Montreal. Titled “A new quantization condition for parity-violating three-dimensional gravity,” the thesis clocks in at 74 pages and gets into some serious physics.[...]
One of the treasures of our time, biologist E.O. Wilson, the folksy and brilliant author of two Pulitzer Prize-winning books and the world’s leading authority on ants, is 84 years old and retired from his professorship at Harvard.[...]
In 1972 the Earth Resources Technology Satellite, or Landsat, launched into space with a mission to circle the planet every 16 days and take pictures of the Earth. For more than forty years, the Landsat program has created the longest ever continuous record of Earth’s surface.
Now those images are available to everyone.
You don’t need to understand French to appreciate the project. In 1964, the Swiss pharmaceutical company Sandoz (now Novartis) commissioned the Belgian writer, poet and painter Henri Michaux to produce a film that demonstrated the effects of hallucinogenic drugs.[...]
Episode one: ‘Are We Alone?’
“The Universe is still a place of mystery and wonder,” says cosmologist Martin Rees in this three-part series from Channel 4. “With each advance, new questions come into sharper focus.”
What We Still Don’t Know was first broadcast in 2004.
How can you present scientific ideas to an audience of all ages — scientists and non-scientists alike — so that these ideas will stick in people’s minds? Since 2012, BBC Two has been trying to answer this question with its series “Dara Ó Briain’s Science Club.[...]